Steve Jobs, Apple Co-Founder, Dies at 56

Not directly relevant to energy and climate — but with an iPhone, iPad, MacBook, and Desktop Mac, I will miss him.

And what with Republicans slashing funding for clean energy, who else will be the engine of innovation, efficiency, and dematerialization (see “Is the Apple iPad Green — and Does it Matter?“)?

8 Responses to Steve Jobs, Apple Co-Founder, Dies at 56

  1. Omaar says:

    Regarding The Late Steve Jobs…

    We Live This Life-We Contribute To This Life-

    We Love This Life-An Then We Leave This Life

    Peace Be His–Next Journey

    Love Omaar A. To Steve

  2. prokaryotes says:

    Pancreatic cancer is generating big headlines this week. Steve Jobs announced on Monday that he had recently grown gaunt because he had a hormone imbalance, but he assured the public that his rare form of pancreatic cancer hadn’t recurred. During his first interview since learning last January that he had pancreatic cancer, Patrick Swayze told ABC’s Barbara Walters that fighting this disease meant never “giving up . . . no matter what’s thrown at me.” His wife, Lisa Niemi, explained the first few weeks after learning of her husband’s diagnosis: “it was like being in a nightmare you couldn’t wake up from.”

    A nightmare indeed.

    But amid the media hyperventilating about Jobs’ health and Swayze’s inspiring ABC appearance, we’ve lost sight of a crucial development that has the potential to help us make real progress in the struggle against this deadly cancer. The source of that hope is sitting on the computer of Dr. Ralph Hruban, a brilliant scientist who runs the Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer
    Research Center at Johns Hopkins Medical Center.

    In September, scientists working at the Sol Goldman Center achieved a breakthrough: they successfully mapped the entire genetic blueprint for pancreatic cancer. The blueprint can show scientists which pancreatic cancers are caused by smoking, which cancers are caused by genes inherited from a parent and which cancers occurred only because of sheer bad luck.

    This holds enormous potential – because scientists may be able to use the information to devise new therapies that would effectively choke off the genetic pathways by which pancreatic cancer spreads to the liver and other organs. The genetic blueprint that’s on Dr. Hruban’s computer could also provide the basis for new kinds of easy tests, akin to the PSA for prostate cancer, that may detect the disease in its earliest stages.

    But here’s the bad news: at the very moment when this field of scientific research is promising dramatic discoveries that might save lives, the research funding stream is drying up. Since 2001, as the National Cancer Institute has cut grants across the board, the NCI’s support for the major grant for pancreatic cancer research at Hopkins has fallen by an unfathomable 20%. Hopkins houses the leading pancreatic cancer research center in the world, yet even its vaunted scientists are struggling to raise the funding necessary to follow through with their work. The collapse of America’s financial system has taken a double toll on Hopkins’ ability to conduct research.

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  3. prokaryotes says:

    “I actually think there’s actually very little distinction between an artist and a scientist or engineer of the highest caliber…They’ve just been to me people who pursue different paths but basically kind of headed to the same goal, which is to express something of what they perceive to be the truth around them so that others can benefit by it.”

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  4. Sasparilla says:

    The link on this page to the “Is the Apple iPad Green — and Does it Matter?” article seems to be pointing back to this page (at least when I click on it).

    Here’s the link to the aforementioned article:

    A sad day for the tech industry.

  5. Chris Winter says:

    So it’s for real this time. Damn.

  6. Joe Romm says:

    Sorry. A bug.